Hormones Used with Bioidentical HRT

Chris Pate, M.D. at Biosymmetry Hormone Health is a Wilmington, North Carolina Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Doctor that specializes in helping men and women regain hormonal balance. Our bodies naturally produce less hormones as we get older, a fact that goes unnoticed by some and turns the lives of others into sheer misery. Both men and women experience the effects of unbalanced hormones, with most people experiencing moderate discomfort from it. The imbalance can happen at any time, although it is more closely associated with hypogonadism in men and menopause in women.

The best thing you can do is take stock of your symptoms and seek treatment from a doctor who specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). These hormones are derived from soy and yams, both of which are naturally occurring sources. The ingredients used in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can’t be patented because they are created for people individually based on their presenting symptoms and genetic makeup.

Bioidentical hormones closely match the chemical structure of the hormones produced by your body. In contrast, synthetic or chemical hormones are made from artificial sources. While they may offer some relief, there is also a greater likelihood of side effects. Unlike natural hormones that are easily absorbed, your body may see synthetic hormones as a threat and put up natural defenses to protect you from them. If you’re interested in exploring a different and more promising approach, please schedule an appointment with Chris Pate, M.D., an experienced Wilmington, North Carolina Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor.

Some of the hormones that Chris Pate, M.D. can replace using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:


Male patients don’t usually recognize the symptoms of testosterone deficiency until it affects their sex life and energy. They often ignore the preliminary health related problems that occur as a result of age related declining testosterone levels. Millions of men around the nation are experiencing the stress of their job and the lack of being able to perform in their work. Many men are thinking they are not adequate anymore and maybe turn to an antidepressant, drugs, or drinking. It may just simply be that their hormones are on the decline, and they need to begin replacing deficient hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Women make testosterone about one-seventh the amount per day that men make, but testosterone is important in women. Therefore, correcting a deficiency of testosterone is important. During a woman’s reproductive years, her ovaries not only make estrogen, but also testosterone. In women, testosterone is produced partly in the ovaries, and the other half is produced in the adrenal glands. After menopause, testosterone production decreases gradually, and levels fall to one third of what they were during premenopausal levels, unlike estrogen production, which decreases dramatically. In women who have had their ovaries removed, testosterone levels drop by half.

Some of the functions of testosterone include:

  • Increased bone mass
  • More muscle mass
  • Increased strength
  • Elevated libido
  • Improved quality of life
  • Prevents aches, pains and arthritis
  • Protects against cardiovascular disease
  • Protects against Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Helps to stabilize blood sugar
  • May reduce breast cancer
  • Aids in the prevention of headaches and migraines

Symptoms of a testosterone deficiency may include:

  • Loss of energy
  • Brain Fog
  • Decreased mental quickness
  • Diminished libido
  • Decreased orgasmic intensity
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of muscle and flexibility
  • Prolonged recovery from exercise
  • Loss of cardiac protection
  • High cholesterol
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Weight gain
  • Fat increase, especially in the abdomen
  • Loss of endurance
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty converting fat to lean muscle mass
  • Osteoporosis


Three chemicals make up human estrogen, which include estradriol, estriol, and estrone. Estriol is thought to be the weakest acting hormone. However, it provides a natural hormonal balance in the body, whereas estradiol and estrone are thought be the stronger estrogens. The female body produces large amounts of estriol during pregnancy and has protective properties against such things as estrogen related cancers. Estradiol is the estrogen that can relieve vasomotor symptoms the best. Estrone is the primary estrogen found in post-menopausal women.

Some of the functions of estrogen include:

  • Alleviating symptoms caused by the natural decrease in hormone production in the body
  • Providing maintenance of anti-aging mechanisms
  • Providing protective benefits that were originally provided by the body’s naturally occurring hormones
  • Protecting against bone loss, heart disease, and other aging dilemmas
  • Protecting the cardiovascular system
  • Lowering blood pressure by relaxing the lining of blood vessels, and preventing plaque build up
  • Decreasing incidence of diabetes and protecting against insulin sensitivity through lower insulin levels
  • Protecting nerve cells and brain function, thus helping memory
  • Improving learning abilities and providing a better quality of sleep
  • Working as an antidepressant by increasing serotonin levels

Symptoms of estrogen deficiency, which most often occur during perimenopause and menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Osteoporosis
  • PMS
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sagging breasts
  • Loss of breast fullness
  • Mental fogginess
  • Depression
  • Changes in moods
  • Decreased sense of sensuality and sexuality


Progesterone is made in the ovaries after ovulation. This hormone prepares the uterus for a fertilized egg. If there are no eggs to be implanted then the progesterone level drops causing a shedding of the lining of the uterus during the menstrual period. Progesterone is one of the two main hormones, the other being estrogen, produced each month by the ovaries of menstruating women, and it is also produced in smaller amounts by the adrenals.

Functions of progesterone include:

  • Serving as a natural antidepressant
  • Helping to restore the normal sleep pattern
  • Playing several roles in cardiovascular protection
  • Helping to normalize blood sugar levels
  • Strengthening bones and stimulating bone building
  • Helping use fat for energy
  • Improving alertness and giving more energy
  • Helping to restore libido

Symptoms of a progesterone deficiency include:

  • Hot flashes or night sweats
  • Foggy thinking or memory loss
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Bone loss, aches, or pains
  • Water retention
  • Increased risk of breast or uterine cancer
  • Yeast infections
  • Hair loss

Chris Pate, M.D. at Biosymmetry Hormone Health has helped numerous patients to obtain an increased quality of life through his expert Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs. While a vast number of men and women are suffering from the symptoms and signs of hormonal imbalances, most patients feel that their health concerns are just a part of getting older that must be endured. However, Doctor Pate’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs have helped patients to eliminate or reverse the symptoms of aging.

Because hormones control hundreds of functions in the human body, restoring hormonal balance is an imperative part of experiencing a high quality of life. To learn more about obtaining a specialized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs that can reduce the symptoms of aging, contact Wilmington, North Carolina Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Chris Pate, M.D. at Biosymmetry Hormone Health today to schedule a free consultation!